Organics are the portion of trash that can be composted. This includes:
all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food
soiled, non-recyclable papers such as paper towels, napkins, take-out delivery pizza boxes and egg cartons
certified compostable products such as compostable food ware and bags labeled with a Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
Why are organics important?
Organics make up 25% - 35% of what we throw away. Those materials can be separated for composting and recycled into compost instead of being thrown away. Compost is a soil amendment that benefits all soil types and greatly improves moisture retention, soil structure and binds nutrients in the root zone for healthier plants. It can be used in landscaping, erosion control, seeding and road construction projects.
BPI Composting Logo
Who is collecting organics for composting?
Organics recycling programs are developing throughout the Twin Cities. In Anoka County, the County has two organics drop-offs at its compost sites. Additionally, about half of the communities have drop-off sites for residents to bring their organics. Area schools and restaurants have also started organics collection programs. Organics collection is happening at local community events and at high traffic destinations such as the 3M Championship Golf Tournament and Bunker Beach.
Watch for organics collection containers at events; most containers have signage to identify types of items accepted. Large venues like the Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints stadiums also offer organics collection.
Reduce your food waste by purchasing only what you need or by freezing items. Expiration dates serve as freshness guidelines; rely on your senses to determine if an item should be thrown away. Use plates, cups, silverware and cloth napkins rather than disposable items. Donate canned and dry goods you don't plan to use.